Zumba Dancing May Improve Working Memory, Lower Depression in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests

Zumba Dancing May Improve Working Memory, Lower Depression in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests
Aerobic exercise training, especially Zumba dancing, were found to be associated with an improvement in working memory and a decrease in the severity of depression among patients with fibromyalgia, a study shows. The study, “Zumba dancing and aerobic exercise can improve working memory, motor function, and depressive symptoms in female patients with Fibromyalgia,” was published in the European Journal of Sport Science. Patients with fibromyalgia often have impaired cognitive function and severe depression. Studies also have shown that working memory, which is critical for cognitive processes in everyday life, is significantly impaired among those with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia patients also have compromised motor function and tend to be less physically active than their healthy counterparts. While physical activity and exercise therapy are not a typical part of the standard treatment for this disease, there is increasing evidence that regular participation in activities involving physical exertion can have a positive effect on the psychological and cognitive functioning of fibromyalgia patients. However, little is known about which activities might be most beneficial for these patients. Therefore, researchers set out to conduct a study to compare the impact of two different interventions — aerobic exercise training, and Zumba dancing — on the working memory, motor function, and symptoms of depression among females with fibromyalgia. A total of 60 females with fibromyalgia, at an average of 35.76 years old, participated in the stu
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